It's true that this has been a very difficult year for our family, but as we near the one-year mark of TC's assault, I am left with a few thoughts about the silver lining or upside to this journey. To begin with, TC is doing remarkably well. He remains the most competent, determined, and brilliant man I have ever known and his challenges have only strengthened his innate capabilities. Yes, there are hurdles ahead and some of them are very big, but not a day goes by that we don't marvel at how far he has come. He has exceeded every expectation for his recovery. I have no doubt that in another year we will be even further stunned by his progress.
For everything that went wrong on August 18th, much has gone right for us in the days since. Recovery and rehabilitation are indeed very expensive, but we give a lot of credit to our wonderful health insurance for covering the bulk of those costs. Like any family that becomes unexpectedly disabled, the financial future is uncertain, but we are preparing ourselves for those challenges the best that we can. The generosity of so many made it possible for TC to get top-notch speech therapy in Halifax. There is no end to our gratitude for this opportunity. It's changed our lives and one day we hope to be in the position of sending other folks to InteRACT for the same chance. Everyone with aphasia deserves the very best treatment available. TC and I are passionate about making this possible.
If there was one lesson I would want people to take away from our experience, it's that we're all capable of so much more than we believe. TC and I have both had many days along the way in which we were tempted to give up. Some days we paused and gave into the sadness. But most days, we got out of bed and we just kept going. To be honest, we're both in awe of each other. We witness what the other has accomplished over the past twelve months and it's enough to convince us both that anything is possible if you just keep fighting.
My husband is my hero. He's extremely modest and would never agree, but he's an inspiration. His drive and determination inspire me to be more than I am, to love harder than I thought possible, and to look beyond impossibilities. I'm so very eager to witness all the amazing accomplishments I know are still ahead for him.